UK Comedy

A Foodie Break In Edinburgh

Lauren Razavi | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lauren Razavi

We fly into Edinburgh in the early afternoon, and the buzz of the Fringe Festival is present from the moment we hit the runway and especially as we begin a walk through the city. The sun is shining, street performers circle the sidewalks, and traffic is exceptionally terrible.

I'm Spazticus Two

Gemma Rawcliffe | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Gemma Rawcliffe

During our ridiculous and silly three months on the road filming; we managed to convince people that the government had brought in guide pigs for the blind due to a shortage of dogs; that amputees in third world countries were being forced to have monkey arms sewn on; that dwarves run around punching cupcakes...

Edinburgh Fringe: Frequent Flyerer

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Andrew J. Lederer

People say that flyering is the single most important thing in Edinburgh in terms of getting people to come to your shows. But really, getting famous works far better. In the absence of getting famous, however, flyering becomes quite important.

Baby Panda Meets Its Mother, Looks Like It Might Get Eaten...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Comedy

Zookeepers in Taiwan's zoo introduced a month-old baby panda cub to her mother. It looked like it might all go horribly wrong for a second......

The Edinburgh Fringe - The Early Days

Marissa Burgess | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Marissa Burgess

My years of doing the Edinburgh Fringe for the full run reach double figures this year. And like most 10 year olds I'll probably be celebrating with a lot of sherbet dabs and a bit of a cry underneath a table.

On the Origin of Performers by Means of Natural Selection

Matt Lacey | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Matt Lacey

Variability from the indirect and direct action of the conditions of creativity, and from use and disuse; a Ratio of Increase so high as to lead to a Struggle for audience numbers, and as a consequence to Natural Selection, entailing Divergence of Character and the Extinction of one-star shows.

Is the Free Fringe Really Destroying the Fringe?

Gemma Hurley | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Gemma Hurley

As a group of up-an-coming comedy filmmakers with little experience in theatre, but a quarter of a million YouTube hits under our belt, taking our ambitious debut comedy play - Death Ship 666 (the parody disaster play) - to The Free Fringe was the only financial option available to us.

10 Reasons Why This US Dude Loves the English

Norm Schriever | Posted 10.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Norm Schriever

I have to admit it: the English are some of my favorite people on earth. While I've never been accused of being an Anglophile, it's hard not to take a shine to our friendly neighbors across the pond. So here are 10 reasons why this US dude loves the English:

Twitter's Greatest Characters: From Shepherdesses To Whimsical Owls & Flat Earth Theorists

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK

News, trolling, Beliebers, hashtag protests. News trolls hijacking Belieber hashtags. In the Wild West of Twitter it’s easy to get side-tracked and ...

A Sting in the Tale...

James Conmy | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Comedy
James Conmy

Eventually my name was called and I stood up. Immediately everyone looked at me and tried to guess what I was in for. The receptionist looked smug because she knew. Smug and disgusted.

WATCH: This Dog Is Probably Better At Skateboarding Than You

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Comedy

It's a dog called Dash. On a skateboard. And he bloody loves it... ...

If You Go Down to the Sea Today, You're in for a Big Surprise

Nick Abbot | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Nick Abbot

So gentlemen, can I interest you in forgoing a significant percentage of your personal areas? No? Then don't go swimming in Sweden.

WATCH: The Real Glee Club?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

You'd be forgiven for thinking you'd tuned into the latest episode of Glee Club. Even we admit this is a pretty epic effort.. and a rather impressive ...

Rabbit in the Headlights

Chris Stokes | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Chris Stokes

It often only lasts for the briefest of seconds but every regular stand-up comedy punter will have seen it happen. The moment when all emotion leaves the comedian's face for a split second as they glaze over and you would be forgiven for thinking that they are relishing the notion of killing someone. In fact, the truth is far less sinister. We are buffering.

Top Five Worst Comedians at the Fringe

Harry Deansway | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Harry Deansway

It's getting so bad that last week I saw one comedian telling a reviewer in Brookes Bar that they should review a fellow comedian's fart. Worst of all, the reviewer was writing down what time it would be happening.

Casual Violence Race to Edinburgh

James Hamilton | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Comedy
James Hamilton

It was breakfast time on 2 August when sketch colleagues Casual Violence remembered they were doing the Edinburgh Fringe and really should get up there - as the Edinburgh Fringe this year had rather rudely started without them.

Smells Like Fringe Spirit

David Moon | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Comedy
David Moon

A lot was written and discussed at the end of last year's Edinburgh Fringe about bubbles bursting, audiences voting with their feet and growing resistance to the commercialisation of the fringe.

Bob and Jim's Edinburgh Fringe Survival Kit

Bob Dobson & Jim Beckett | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Bob Dobson & Jim Beckett

Hello, we're Bob and Jim, 'the UK's favourite neo-vaudeville double act'. As seasoned entertainers we understand the importance of lists. Here is a list of essential items we've taken with us from London to Edinburgh this August as we head up to perform our new show, 'Two Stars'.

The Reinstatement of the King of Online Dating

Mark Restuccia | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Mark Restuccia

Right then. I'm on my way to this bloody Scotland thing AGAIN. Hopefully there'll be nobody from the comedy circuit that I find awkward on my train, because I am not in the mood for making small talk.

The Edinburgh Fringe - The Amazing Bubble Man Is... Well... Amazing!

Bill Coles | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Bill Coles

Truth be told, I had no idea you could do quite so many things with a bubble. I thought you just blew them up and then popped them - and if you were any good, then maybe you could make a really big bubble.

7 Pictures Which Prove The Panda Baby Is The New Royal Baby

Posted 11.08.2013 | UK

Edinburgh Zoo has announced that Tian Tian, the world famous panda, could be pregnant. As this earth shattering information slowly ripples around t...

Ten Things I Love About Edinburgh

Matt Lacey | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Matt Lacey

My last post came across as pretty morose, so before my family put me on suicide watch, I thought I'd write about why I bloody love Edinburgh.

James Brown Dog

James Conmy | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Comedy
James Conmy

It was our own fault that we'd had beans for lunch. And supper. In fact it struck me that beans should never have become a campfire staple. As my son continued to sleep-fart it also struck me that essentially we were sleeping in a highly flammable bag filling up with methane next to an open fire. This not being the most relaxing of thoughts - I decided to get up and douse the fire.

Freedom From Fear: Remembering Comedian U Pa Pa Lay

Matt Roper | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Matt Roper

U Pa Pa Lay is dead. According to sources in Burma, the comedian died at 1pm last Friday, 2 August 2013. Three times jailed by the Burmese junta for exercising his right to freedom of expression, one of his most famous jokes was this one:

The Youtube Sensation Who Stole From Patrice O'Neal

Sadaf Fahim | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Sadaf Fahim

In the context of modern standup, a good comic's material comes out of their life experience and represents their analysis of the world. Stealing it means stealing their thoughts, their voice. What theft is more serious than that?